Neck lift surgery, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is designed to improve the appearance of the neck by addressing wrinkles, sagging skin along the jawline and upper neck, and other issues in the immediate area that are caused by aging or extreme weight loss.
It is performed by creating small incisions around each ear, and in some cases, a third one underneath the chin. Once the incisions are placed, the tissues underneath the skin are repositioned and the excess skin is removed. The result is a smoother, firmer, and younger-looking neck.
The neck is usually the first to show signs of aging, and if the face is still relatively wrinkle-free, having the dreaded “turkey neck” can make one appear older than they truly are.
Patients typically undergo this procedure to achieve a more youthful overall look, as it enhances the appearance of the neck and ensures that it matches the patient’s younger-looking face.
This procedure can improve the following:
Generally, the purpose of the neck lift procedure is to rejuvenate your overall appearance and make you look years younger. But to achieve natural-looking results, it is important to choose a doctor with the right credentials and experience.
Dr. Jacob Sedgh is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon who has done extensive work in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. In his capable hands, these are some of the benefits you can expect from your neck lift procedure:
Scheduling your first consultation with Dr. Sedgh is a must before undergoing this procedure. Here is a quick breakdown of what you can expect from your first meeting:
During this consultation, Dr. Sedgh will also patiently entertain any questions you may have regarding the procedure, and explain the whole process to you.
Out-of-town patients can also schedule an initial consultation via Skype. Dr. Sedgh works with patients from within and outside the US, which is why his office offers a suite of medical tourism services to accommodate the needs of patients not located in Los Angeles. These services include assistance with travel logistics, a private nurse to provide post-op care for those traveling alone, and even concierge services.
A neck lift is a surgical outpatient procedure that is performed under local or general anesthesia. It begins with either a traditional neck lift incision or a limited incision, depending on the precise and individualized plan discussed during your pre-op consultations. If you choose the latter, you will get shorter incisions around the ear area. This is recommended for those with less severe concerns.
The former, on the other hand, starts in the hairline (in the sideburn area) and runs down and around the ear, ending in the posterior side of the head.
Depending on your case, fat may be rearranged or redistributed from the jowls and neck. The platysma muscle is either pulled to the sides or tightened and sewn together, and the skin is repositioned to cover the underlying tissues.
Dr. Sedgh will then trim the excess skin and fat. In some cases, liposuction is performed in conjunction with the neck lift to reduce fat deposits in the jaw or neck and further improve the area’s contours.
The final step would be to carefully close the incisions with sutures.
Dr. Sedgh personally executes each step of the procedure with care and precision in order to achieve your desired outcome. Under his meticulous eye and expert hands, you can expect long-lasting results that look subtle and natural, with very minimal scarring.
The typical downtime for neck lift surgery is 10 to 14 days. After this period, the majority of the pain, discomfort, and swelling should dissipate.
Following the procedure, a bandage will be carefully placed around your face and neck to help minimize swelling and bruising. Drainage tubes may also be installed to reduce excess fluid buildup.
Dr. Sedgh will give you specific aftercare instructions and prescribe certain medications to facilitate proper healing of the surgical site, prevent infection, and to help manage any side effects.
You will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Sedgh for up to one year after the surgery. This is so he can closely monitor and personally assess your recovery progress and ensure optimum healing. These post-op meetings usually take place in his clinic, but video conferences are also possible to accommodate international or out-of-town patients.
“I don’t think it is an overstatement to say that Dr. Sedgh was a godsend to me for his willingness to do surgery on my nose when several notable surgeons refused to take on the task of correcting the damage that three previous surgeries had done. Dr. Sedgh clearly has an artistic eye as well as a very professional ability at nose surgery. He has earned my trust and respect.”
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